2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Reviews

2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired54 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Waste of money..

Faults:

We have had the car for 2 1/2 years. We replaced the brakes within the first year, and now they need to be replaced again! It hums really loud and sounds like it is coming from the windshield wiper when we drive 70 mph.

The brakes are what makes me the most upset; I have never owned a car that goes through brakes as much as the Montero.

We tried to trade it in recently for a Toyota Sequoia. We owe 17,400 on it (we paid 29,000), and it is only worth 11,000. All they would give us to trade was about 10,000. We were assured by the salesman when we bought it, that it would hold its value, which was a concern for me, since I was trading a Honda! Well, it looks like we are stuck with it... because its value is dropping faster than we can pay it off. By the time it's paid for, I figure it'll only be worth about 4,000.

I would not recommend this SUV as you are literally stuck with it! Wish I would've bought the Toyota 4-runner!!!

General Comments:

It looks nice and is a decent family car. Plenty of room for the stroller and luggage.

However, it isn't worth anything, and I want a new car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS 3.0 litre V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Summary:

A durable SUV that is well worth the minor problems

Faults:

Brake pads had to be replaced 3 times.

Has a severe vibration in the steering wheel that an alignment will not fix.

There is a rattle coming from the glove compartment that started at 35000 miles.

Dashboard brake light stays on all the time due to a defective sensor.

Transmission does not shift smoothly from first to second gear when cold.

General Comments:

This car is underpowered, and the factory brakes will not last to 20000 miles.

The interior of vehicle is excellently designed, and holds up well.

I regularly drive on very rough, unpaved roads near the ocean, and this vehicle has held up very well to the rough terrain and salt air.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2002

25th Jan 2003, 19:31

I have a Montero Sport with 36,000 miles and I have my original brakes on it and still have around 10,000 miles left on them according to my local Mitsubishi dealer.

23rd Mar 2003, 15:57

The difference in the brake pad life mentioned above can be explained due to different driving conditions. My wife and I both drive Montero Sports that we purchased at the same time. My wife's job requires her to travel a lot, mostly on Interstate highways. Most of my driving is done on city surface roads in stop and go traffic. Her factory brake pads are still in good condition after 50000 miles, while mine had to be replaced after 25000.

Average review marks: 4.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews